Posted by Dan Coons
Opening - Ray Smith filled in for President Pam
Invocation was offered by Dave Brauchler, and the Pledge was led by Warren Williamson.  The Greeter was PDG Jim Erickson.
Rotary Minute  - PDG John Pennypacker
John placed on all of the tables the following:
Don’t focus on getting numbers;
instead, start a relationship, tell your Rotary story and
by doing so you invite that person
to come on the journey and
buy into the Rotary Dream.
You don’t want numbers, you want Rotarians.
Introduction of Guests
There were no guest at the meeting, but member Geoff White, who has been unable to attend several recent meetings was welcomed and treated like a guest.
Ace of Clubs Raffle
The raffle was won by Mike Whalen who drew the 2 of clubs.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • Ed Koeneman for International Star Wars Day and the contribution of old shirts he received from the club that were used for dog toys by the Westwood HS Interact Club
  • Ron Thompson, in Dick Myron’s absence,  contributed $2 
  • Shelly Romine for Ray filling in for Pam 
  • Allan Cady for a great fish story
  • Polly Cady for clarification ad elaboration of Allan’s fish story 
Allan Cady who is chair of the club’s office nominating committee indicated club openings for the next Rotary year are President, President-Elect, Treasurer and three directors at large.  If anyone is interested in any of these positions and would like to nominate someone please contact Allan.
Shelly Romine reminded us of the club’s chili cook off/visioning session on September 29th at Pam Cohen’s home.  Shelly also announced an event yet to be described at Dan and Colleen’s home on October 15.
Program - Elaine Poker-Yount - Visiting Angels
Elaine Poker-Yount, CDP, Director of Dementia Care and Community Education with Visiting Angels was introduced by Ed Koeneman as our speaker.
Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home.  Their mission is to maintain the independence and familiar surroundings for those in need of care.
They are a national company but the local offices are individually owned and they provide non-medical living assistance services.  Some of the services they provide are
  • Companionship,
  • Take to appointments,
  • Medication reminders,
  • Meal preparation,,
  • Light housekeeping,
  • Laundry,
  • Personal care assistance -
    • dressing,
    • grooming,
    • bathing,
    • toileting,
    • Respite,
    • Transitional care,
    • Support to hospice and home health.
Elaine also covered several of the signs that someone might need non-medical home care.  Some of these are
  • Lack of mobility,
  • Not eating or being able to operate the oven or microwave,
  • Incontinence issues,
  • Prescriptions not being taken,
  • Pets being ignored,
  • Basic safety issues.
Her emphasis was on paying attention to those around us who may need help and asking questions about how we can help.